THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH. More than ever in my lifetime we are faced between a stark choice of how we see ourselves. There is the message of “America first” grounded in a form of “me first” selfishness that sees competitors, opponents and enemies everywhere. It’s a message that spawns unkind, intolerant and ungenerous attitudes about our fellow human beings. And there is the very different message of honor and service that pervaded recent celebrations of the lives of John McCain and George H. W. Bush. I hope the inspiring message of the late President Bush wins out. He said in 1995, “The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something, and giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include SERVING OTHERS.

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